Iowa Fertilizer Company adds an additional 1,000 jobs

George Morgan, who serves on the Restoring Iowa Jobs board, recently had a letter to the editor run about the additional jobs that the Iowa Fertilizer Company will be adding during the construction phase. Full story below.

As a former Lee County Supervisor among other economic development roles I have held in the community, I joined many in our area in welcoming the Iowa Fertilizer Company to our community. I have spent a good deal of time promoting business in Lee County, and continue to promote the benefits of welcoming establishments like the fertilizer plant in our area. For these reasons, I was thrilled to hear that the Lee County Board of Supervisors received information indicating that the Iowa Fertilizer Company is bringing not only 2,500 construction workers to our area, but 3,500.

There is a lot of planning that will need to be done in welcoming these hard working people into our community, but I am excited to reap the benefits this will provide for our county. An extra 1,000 construction workers means 1,000 more patrons in local businesses, and the benefits this will bring are unending. More jobs in our area is more good news, and I am excited to see how our community grows throughout the next year.

George Morgan

Positives on horizon in 2013

Great things are on the horizon for southeast Iowa in 2013. Congress has recently averted the so-called “fiscal cliff”. Included in that legislation was an extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC). Siemens Energy, who recently laid off 407 employees at their wind blade manufacturing facility could see some of those jobs come back to its Fort Madison plant with the PTC’s renewal.
The Iowa Fertilizer Company was also officially brought to Lee County this past year and has the potential to change the economic landscape. Experts predict the new plant will generate 165 permanent full time jobs at wages averaging $26 per hour. Close to 2,500 construction workers will be needed over a three-year period to build the facility, as well as 1,000 supplemental jobs. This all adds up to a $200 million economic impact annually.
For a county that has had the one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, the economic outlook for 2013 in Lee County is bright.